Sid Ramchander

Isobel Paris

Paris, Isobel - Aug 2011Isobel was born in Weston-Super-Mare in 1988. She began playing the piano at the age of six and in 1997 was awarded a music and drama scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she studied under Joyce Rathbone and for the last three years, with Emily Jeffries. Whilst attending Purcell School she was given numerous performance opportunities including taking part in a London 'rush-hour' concert series at Jacques Samuels Piano Showroom, playing for the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2006, and appearing as a soloist with the St Botolph's Music Society orchestra performing Franck's Symphonic Variations.

In 2006 Isobel moved to Manchester to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Dina Parakhina where she has completed both her Honours degree in Music and a Postgraduate Diploma for which she was awarded the Gwendolyn Reiche Memorial Scholarship.

Isobel has participated in the RNCM Haydn, Scarlatti, and Chopin festivals and enjoys performing both as a soloist and accompanist having premièred a new composition for piano and voice as part of a spotlight concert at the RNCM in 2008. She was awarded First Prize in the 2006 Ealing Piano Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the RNCM concerto competition in 2011.

As a soloist Isobel has given recitals in Warrington, Southport and Manchester and has recently performed the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Isle of Axholme Orchestra. During her time at Purcell and the RNCM Isobel has received masterclasses and lessons from Veda Zuponzic, Judith Burton, Alexis Golovin, Ronald Smith, Mark Ray, Hamish Milne, James Gibb, Nelson Goerner and Philippe Cassard.

Currently Isobel works as a freelance musician alongside working at Chethams School of Music. She has recently started work on a project combining music with art which will be based around Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op.11.

Isobel is a keen artist and enjoys cycling, walking and travel.

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Angela Lloyd-Mostyn

Angela600resAngela Lloyd-Mostyn was born in Lancashire, where her first teachers included Jocelyn Hipple and Peter Noke. She read music at the University of Leeds, where she studied piano with Ian Buckle, and won Ernest and Luther music awards and concerto competitions, graduating with a first class honours degree. She also studied piano with Marius van Passen at the Saxion Conservatorium in the Netherlands. In 2004, Angela received a prestigious Allcard Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, for her achievements in piano accompaniment. She went on to take postgraduate study in piano accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was taught by David Jones. Whilst studying at the RNCM, Angela won the Stella Bradshaw Prize for Accompaniment, the W. Holmes & Saville Prize for Lieder, and the Granada Prize for Chamber Music, with her trio NYX.

Angela now enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance pianist. She has performed as a soloist, accompanist and orchestral musician throughout Britain and all over Europe. Angela is a champion of contemporary music, and is committed to expanding the repertoire of the piano, which has resulted in a number of premieres and collaborations with emerging composers such as Benjamin Oliver, David Lloyd-Mostyn, Benjamin Cooper and Nirmali Fenn, among others. She enjoys working with as an accompanist with a range of educational establishments and organisations and works on the faculty of Leeds College of Music as a staff pianist. As a choral accompanist/repetiteur, Angela has worked with many choirs including Philharmonic Choir of Manchester, Manchester Chamber Choir, City of Manchester Opera, and Avalon Opera. She is currently accompanist for Oldham Choral Society. Also a dedicated teacher, Angela combines her busy performing schedule with teaching piano at Manchester High School for Girls, lecturing in the FE department of Leeds College of Music and running a thriving private teaching practice.
 

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Elin began playing the piano at the age of five and started playing in public soon after, both as soloist and accompanist in local concerts, winning various competitions in South Wales. She has taken part in masterclasses with Marios Papadopoulus and Jack Gibbons at the Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and subsequently studied with Daniel Martyn Lewis for two years before securing a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music, where her teacher was James Gibb. During her time at the Purcell, she performed recitals at St Mary's Church, Perivale, and in the Leighton Buzzard Music Club Recital Series, also performing in the Purcell Orchestra and in a masterclass with Mark Ray.

Erin is now in her third year at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Carole Presland. In 2008, Elin and her piano duo partner, Natalie Kong, were invited to participate in a masterclass with Helen Krizos at the RNCM Mozart Chamber Music Festival and were finalists in the 2009 RNCM Duo Prize with a programme of Rachmaninoff and Milhaud. At the RNCM, Elin is currently working with a composition student in developing a new piece for solo piano, to be performed in a masterclass with Rolf Hind later this month, and has previously had a masterclass with Stefano Fiuzzi and a lesson with visiting tutor Philippe Cassard. Elin is also the Pilling Trust Organ Scholar at St Ann's Parish Church in Manchester, regularly playing in the lunchtime recitals, and has studied the organ with Kevin Bowyer at the RNCM, Ann Elise Smoot of the St. Giles International Organ School, and initially at Llandaff Cathedral with David Geoffrey Thomas.

Erin appears by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Olga Paliy

Paliy,_Olga_-_May_2008Olga Paliy was born in the Ukraine and began her piano studies at the Music College in Chernigov. She later studies at the Kiev National Academy of Music where she was selected for a Presidential Scholarship. Whilst there, she gained an Honours Degree in Piano Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Art. In 2007 she gained an award for postgraduate study with Norma Fisher at the Royal Northern College of Music.

She has won numerous top international prizes - in Italy, the Ragusa-Ibla International Piano Competition (1996) and the Art of the 20th Century Piano Competition, Vincenza. (1997) In Prague, the International Competition for Young Pianists (1999) and in Belarus, the Minsk - 2000 International Piano Competition. While Olga was studying at the Kiev Academy she performed in many parts of the Ukraine as recitalist and concerto soloist with various programmes such as Prokofiev's Concerto No 2 Op 16, Brahms' Concerto No 2 Op 83, Beethoven's Concerto No 3 Op 37 and Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand in D Minor.

During her time studying at the RNCM Olga has participated in masterclasses with Anton Voight, Charles Rosen and Stephen Hough. In March 2008 Olga was offered a place at the RNCM on the Postgraduate Diploma Course in Piano Performance, Extension Course.

 

 

Joanne Camilleri

Camilleri02Joanne comes from Malta and started studying the piano at the age of five. She subsequently won several national piano competitions, participated in master classes and performed in numerous concerts, including at the National Manoel Theatre alongside Ann Rachlin and Vladimir Ovchinikov. In 2000 Joanne was awarded a four year International Scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to study at the RNCM with Carole Presland. At the end of her first year Joanne gained an LRSM in Performance with Grade A. In June 2004 she graduated with a First Class Honours degree and was awarded the Ruth Hewitt Scholarship and the Alfred Clay Scholarship for Piano from the RNCM as well as a Scholarship from the Janatha Stubbs Trust to return to study for a Masters degree.

Whilst at college, Joanne has performed as both soloist and chamber musician in her native Malta, Tunisia and at venues in the UK such as St Ann's Church in Manchester, Emmanuel Church in Didsbury, Altrincham, Salford, Cartmel, Grasmere, Ambleside and the Isle of Man. Joanne is a member of a Piano Trio and Piano/violin Duo and her Piano Duo have twice been Finalists in the Silverstone-Blank Piano Duo Competition, performing in the RNCM Schubert Fest in 2002. She performed Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder Walzer with the Hallé Youth Choir in the RNCM Brahms & Schumann Fest 2005. In November 2004, Joanne performed Grieg's Piano Concerto with the RNCM Repertoire Orchestra under Lancelot Fuhry.

Joanne has participated in masterclasses with Sergei Dorensky, Nelson Goerner, Daniel Hoexter, Stephen Hough (working with him on one of his own compositions), Alexander Melnikov, Steven Osborne, Stephen Savage and Akica Wakabayashi, as well as with Arnaldo Cohen, Renna Kellaway and Barry Snyder at the Lake District Summer Music Festival. She has studied Chamber Music repertoire in master classes with lan Brown, Yair Kless, Christopher Rowland and members of the Chilingirian and Sorrell String Quartets and Trio Ondine.

Joanne appears by kind permission of the Principal, Royal Northern College of Music

Malcolm Forbes-Peckham

Malcolm Forbes-Peckham02Malcolm is 23 years of age and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in piano at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Helen Krizos. He was awarded a full scholarship from the Oglesby fund for study this year. Since being at the RNCM he has a vast performance experience as a soloist, duo partner, accompanist and chamber musician.

Malcolm has performed at major London venues such as St. Martin-In-The-Fields, St. John's Smith Square, St. James's Piccadilly and the Purcell Room. Particular highlights in his concert history have included a performance at the Wales Millennium Centre, (Cardiff) a gala concert at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, (Lausanne, Switzerland) and more recently a memorable charity recital at Lambeth Palace with The Tanera Piano Trio, an ensemble formed at the RNCM in 2004.

Concerto appearances have included Grieg's Piano Concerto and Ravel's Concerto in G Major with two orchestras in his home county of Gloucestershire, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the North Cheshire Concert Band.

During his time at the RNCM, Malcolm has developed a wide diversity of musical experience which has led to much success. As a soloist he has consistently achieved first class results in final recitals, and in 2005 he won first prize in the prestigious RNCM Piano Recital Prize, thus being awarded the Gordon Greene Memorial Award for piano. In November 2005 he was selected to represent the RNCM in the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and he has participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists such as Stephen Hough, Barry Douglas, Nelson Goerner and Stephen Savage.

As a chamber musician, Malcolm has had great success with his piano trio, winning both the RNCM Hirsch and Weil prizes, and performing at the Lake District Summer Music Festival. With his piano duo, he has been finalist in the RNCM Piano Duo prize and winner of Prix Scarbo, along with taking recitals and masterclasses at Ampleforth College. He has taken part in chamber masterclasses with Dr Cristopher Rowland, Ian Brown, The Gould Piano Trio and The Endellion String Quartet.

Malcolm is also heavily involved with community outreach work, having led workshops at the RNCM and in schools and colleges in the Greater Manchester area.

Malcolm Forbes-Peckham appears by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Eduard Kunz

Kunz03Eduard Kunz made his debut with the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra when he was aged 10 years old. In 1994 he entered the Moscow Gnessen Special Music School in the class of Professor Michail Khokhlov and from 1998 he studied under  Andrey Diev at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, graduating in 2003. He then gained an award for postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Norma Fisher.

Eduard is a laureate of the Spivakov and Rostropovitch Foundations, and has performed with orchestras and in recital throughout Russian, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Macedonia and the US. In January 2004 he made his acclaimed UK debut  with the Welsh National Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky concerto with Tugan Sokhiev in Swansea and and at St. David's Hall in Cardiff.

During his time at the RNCM, Eduard achieved the Diploma in Professional Performance with distinction, won the RNCM Piano Prize and won the RNCM Gold Medal for performance.

He has been a major prize-winner in a succession of international piano competitions, including first prizes in the Sabitov Competition in 2000, the Bitola-Interfest Competition, the Netherlands International Piano Competition, the Grand Konzerteum International Competition, all in 2002 and the Dudley International Piano Competition in 2005. In 2004 he was awarded a prestigious Dame Myra Hess Award in London, a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has been supported by the Hattori Foundation and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe.

Eduard's recent engagements include the Schumann concerto with the Welsh National Orchestra under Lothar Koenigs in Cardiff, the Tchaikovsky Concerto with  the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and with Gerrard Schwarz and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In June, he made his London concerto debut with London Musici performing the Shostakovich First Concerto at Cadogan Hall and his Bridgewater Hall debut performing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

In the forthcoming season Eduard will make his Paris debut in the acclaimed series at the Auditorium du Louvre. He will also feature in the prestigious Deutschland Radio 'Debut' series in January 2007, performing the Rachmaninov Paganini Variations with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, in the famous Philharmonie. He has recently been invited to join the BBC New Generation Artist scheme and will perform at the Wigmore Hall in London and record with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras. 

Eduard appears by kind permission of the Principal, Royal Northern College of Music

Yan Lim

Yan Lim is currently studying in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Originally from Singapore, he started playing the piano 16 years ago, and came to Manchester in September 1993  to study at Chetham's School of Music, where he was taught by David Hartigan and Ronan O'Hora, his current tutor.  In 1994 Yan reached the Grand Finals of the Audi Junior Musician competition and also won two prizes in the 1998  Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. He performed Liszt's 1st Piano Concerto in Eb major whilst at Chetham's  and also played with the Hallé Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall.

Yan began his higher education in September 1998 and is in the final year of the Joint Course run by both the  University of Manchester and the RNCM. He has won numerous prizes for solo piano at the RNCM, including the Arthur  Bliss Prize, the Piano Recital Prize, Bach-Spielen, the Ryszard Bakst Memorial Prize and the Emmanuel Prize.

In the Glories of the Keyboard festival at the RNCM in November 1999, Yan was featured in a late night concert - "Chopin in Manchester" - performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra.  He played in the Piano 2000 Festival at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester in January and was a finalist in the  Dudley Millennium Piano Competition which took place in March 2000. In June 2000 Yan performed Liszt's Piano Concerto  No 2 in A with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky (principal guest conductor of the BBC  Philharmonic). He performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major with Vägus in Sweden under the baton of  Simon Phipps in November 2000 and came second in the Sheffield Piano Competition 2001. He won the Karic International  Piano Competition held in London in April this year, and was also a joint winner of the Christopher Duke Memorial  Award in the Watford Festival. Other engagements include a lunchtime recital for Peterborough Festival in June 2001  and a recital for the Isle of Man Arts Council in their piano series in March 2002.

He has appeared in numerous master classes with such distinguished pianists as Arnaldo Cohen, Stephen Hough,  Pascal Rogé and Krystian Zimerman.

Yan is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is in great demand as a duo partner and chamber musician. He has  several duo partners whom he has accompanied in major events such as the Yehudi Menuhin violin competition,  the Lipinski-Wieniawski International Competition for young violinists and the Pierre Fournier Award for cello  at the Wigmore Hall in London. He came joint second in the RNCM's Malcolm Arnold Award for Chamber Music in 1998,  and two years later won the Arthur Bliss Prize for Chamber Music. With duo partner Jia Zhang he was winner of the  Helen Porthouse Award for violin.

Yan Lim appears by kind permission of the Principal, Royal Northern College of Music

Yoon Chung

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1977, Yoon Chung moved to London at the age of fourteen and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Purcell School of Music. He has recently  completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Bristol. While at Bristol, he gave numerous concerts, including concertos with the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Chamber Orchestra and was awarded a Pacific Rim Scholarship.

Yoon has performed at various venues such as the Purcell Room, St. John's, Smith Square,  Victoria Rooms and Waterfront Hall. He has taken part in Master Classes with, among others, Gyorgy Sebok, Stephen Kovacevich, Jean-Francois Heisser and Renna Kellaway.

Yoon is currently undertaking his post-graduate studies with Benjamin Frith at the Royal  Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Sir Charles Hallé Scholarship and an  ABRSM Post-graduate scholarship.

Yoon Chung appears by kind permission of the Principal, Royal Northern College of Music.

 SIMON PARKIN

Simon ParkinSimon Parkin was born in Manchester and at the age of ten won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where his teachers included Marcel Ciampi, Vlado Perlemuter and Nadia Boulanger.

Subsequent study was in Manchester, where he gained concurrent degrees at the University and the Royal Northern College of Music, where his composition teacher was Anthony Gilbert.Upon graduation, he secured a lectureship at the R.N.C.M. where he is currently Head of Musicianship.He has taught both composition and improvisation at the Purcell School and the Yehudi Menuhin School and is in demand as a consultant on methods of teaching these subjects.

 As a composer, Simon has had many broadcasts and performances in the U.K., on the continent and in the U.S.A. He has had pieces performed at the Park Lane Group series in the Purcell Room on three separate occasions, won an international prize with a 'cello concerto written for his wife, Hannah Roberts, and had a large-scale choral work broadcast twice on German radio.

 He has also broadcast on BBC radios 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as Classic FM, BBCTV, ITV and Channel 4, and has had articles published by BBC Music Magazine.

 Concert experience started while still at school, and is now extensive, with a range of internationally respected partners. His duo with Hannah Roberts has been acclaimed in 'The Strad' for its 'rare ensemble and musical intelligence.' He gave a successful and highly praised performance of the Elliott Carter Piano Sonata in the 2005 Edinburgh Festival . Concerts in the coming season include a recital with Hannah Roberts in the Leeds International Chamber Concerts series and performances at the Manchester International Cello Festival.

He has released a recital disk with violinist Detlef Hahn on the ASV label. 

 Website: www.simonparkin.org

GRETA GASSER

Greta GasserBorn in Romania, Greta Gasser is currently in her third year of the BMus course at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying piano performance with Frank Wibaut. Greta has given recitals in Bucharest, Constanta, Tulcea and has been the prize winner of ‘George Georgescu International Music Performance Competition’ (Tulcea 2003-2011), ‘W. A. Mozart International Music Competition’ (Targoviste 2008), and ‘The National Olympiad of Music Performance’ (Bistrita, Bucharest, Constanta, Tulcea, Ploiesti).

Since her arrival at the RNCM, Greta has been involved in various musical projects, which have included collaborations with other students resulting in performances for Spotlight concerts and recitals.  Other projects have included performing at Bridgewater Hall for the ‘Pre-Composing’ project, taking part in the RNCM Guinness World Record for the largest number of people playing the same piano simultaneously, performing for the RNCM/MMU Rosamond Prize, the SU Music for Health Scheme, and RNCM Music in Hospitals.


Previously, Greta studied piano with Roxana Sava and Gabriela Nemes at the ‘George Georgescu’ Special Music and Arts High-School (2000- 2012 Tulcea, Romania), from which she graduated with the highest distinction. In addition, Greta was a student of the Music School ‘Piano Forte’ (2010-2012) Bucharest, were she studied under the guidance of Diana Bratan.

        Greta Gasser appears by kind permission of the RNCM

Tyler Hay

Tyler HayTyler Hay was born in 1994 in Kent and began learning the piano aged 6. He studied with Andrew Haigh at the Kent Music Academy before gaining a place at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2007 where he continued his studies under the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme scholarship with Tessa Nicholson. In 2009, he was a finalist in the International Liszt competition in Weimar and was the winner of the keyboard section for the 2016 Royal Overseas League Competition in London. Tyler also won the £5000 Fenton award from the Purcell school in 2012, a scholarship for furthering his musical education.
 
Tyler has become a virtuoso pianist who enjoys tackling some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. He has performed Rachmaninoff's Sonata No 2 at London's Wigmore Hall, Scriabin 5th Sonata at the Southbank's Purcell room and as a result of winning the Purcell school's Senior Concerto competition, played Ravel's Concerto for Left Hand Alone at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Spring, 2013. A complete performance of the 24 Chopin Etudes was also achieved in Blackburn in 2014. Tyler is now one of the ABRSM scholars at the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Graham Scott and now with renowned pianist Frank Wibaut.

Sid Ramchander

Sid RamchanderBorn in India, Sid Ramchander grew up in Bahrain where he learned to play the piano. He made his first concert appearance at age 13 with the Belarusian Youth Orchestra at the National Cultural Festival in Bahrain. He went on to win the Young Musician of the Gulf Competition and study with Aleksandar Madžar at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels.
In his formative years, he has received coaching from distinguished pedagogues such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Andrzej Jasiński, and has recently completed a Master’s of Performance at the RNCM with Richard Ormrod.

Sid has, thus far, enjoyed a diverse range of musical activity at College including Chamber music, Lieder accompaniment, Orchestral Piano as well as New Ensemble, focusing on contemporary pieces. Last year he received the Bemrose Bursary Prize, awarded by the Duffield Music Society, and recently, as a member of a piano duo, won the RNCM Piano Duo Prize.
 
Sid has performed as a soloist in France, Italy, Belgium, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Sid Ramchander appears by kind permission of the RNCM

Ugnius Pauliukonis

PauliukonisUgniusUgnius started to learn the piano at the age of six and is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Graham Scott.

Whilst living in Lithuania he gave a number of public performances and achieved great success both at the academic institutions he attended and also in a number of international piano competitions. One such competition was 'Music without walls', which he won in 2000. A year later he was awarded first place at the 'Balys Dvarionas' competition in Vilnius, Lithuania, and first prize at the 'Gradus ad Parnassum' competition in Kaunas.

In 2007 Ugnius was awarded first place in the Zdenek Fibich competition in Vilnius and two years later, was a semifinalist in the Liszt competition for young pianists in Weimar, Germany. In the same year he performed Liszt Piano Concerto No 2 in A major with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra in Klaipeda.

Ugnius has also participated in a number of masterclasses with leading pianists including Petras Geniusas, Valentina Berman, Zbignevas Ibelhauptas, Nina Seriogina and Birut' Vaini'nait'.

Ugnius Pauliukonis appears by kind permission of the  RNCM

Philip Sharp

Philip_SharpPhilip currently studies with Murray Mclachlan on the Joint Course at the RNCM and Manchester University. As a soloist Philip has appeared as a soloist at the Bath Young Artists Recital Trust, The Queen's Hall Edinburgh and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Philip has had lessons with eminent pianists including Peter Donohoe, Leslie Howard, Leon McCawley and has performed for many others including David Wilde and Bryce Morrison.

Since studying at Chetham's School of Music, Philip has studied some of the major works in the piano literature including Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. Concerto performances include Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with the Chester Philharmonic. Competition success includes prizes at the EPTA UK Piano Competition, first place in the Chetham's 2010 Yamaha Piano Competition and a second prize in the 21 and under category in the Rome International Piano Competition.

Philip Sharp appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

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